Association of Humanitarian Lawyers

Biographies


Karen Parker, J. D.
(United States)

Operating Board Member

Karen Parker, J. D. is the President and Co-founder of the Association of Humanitarian Lawyer. Ms. Parker resides in San Francisco, CA. She is well know and respected in the halls of the United Nations. Ms. Parker has addressed many sessions in the United Nations concerning human rights issues. Along with Co-Founder, James Donald, J. D. (deceased), she represented Disabled Peoples' International at the UN for nearly 15 years.

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Elias Khoury, Barrister
(Switzerland)

Advisory Board Member

Elias Khoury is a Geneva-based attorney who has represented the Union of Arab Jurists at the United Nations for many years, and who has co-sponsored with AHL numerous seminars and scholarly programs in Geneva.







Grace Shimizu, J. D.
(United States)

Operating Board Member

Grace Shimizu, J.D., became a board member in 2004 after many years of assisting the Association of Humanitarian Lawyers. She was born in the United States. Ms. Shimizu's father was a Japanese national residing in Peru who was seized by the United States and incarcerated in a U.S. internment camp during WWII for the purpose of hostage exchange. She is a founding member and director of the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project.



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K. Sivapalan, Solicitor/Barrister
(Sri Lanka)
Advisory Board Member

K. Sivapalan is a Sri Lankan based attorney, also licensed in the UK and Australia. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Northeast Secretariat on Human Rights; He is also active in the Sri Lankan Bar Association in Trincomalee. "Siva" has attended UN sessions and meeting in Geneva, and has consulted with the office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights. At the United Nations, he represents Inernational Service for Human Rights.



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Jean Flamme, Advokaat (Belgium)
Advisory Board Member

J ean Flamme is a Ghent Based attorney active in the Flemish Bar. He has been defense counsel in the International Tribunal for Rwanda, and with colleagues in Belgium was an initiator of Belgian-based "avocats sans frontiers ( Lawyers without Borders)."

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Ilyas Khan, Barrister/Judge
(United Kingdom)
Operating Board Member

Ilyas Khan, Barrister/Judge, has been a board member for several years. Mr. Khan is a Kenyan-born barrister in the UK. He originally practiced immigration law, he was promoted to a judge, and now is a supervising judge in the immigration courts in London. Mr. Khan has much experience at the United Nations human rights forums, focusing especially on religious intolerance -- one of AHL's key issues.




Bart Bernard, Barrister (Netherlands)
Advisory Board Member

Bart Bernard is a Netherlands-based barrister who has represented International Educational Development for nearly 10 years. He is a founder and director of Mena Muria Foundation (for human rights in the Moluccas) and has presented many individual and group cases to the UN special procedures.



Majid Tramboo-Barrister
(United Kingdom)

Advisory Board Member

A committed human rights activist, Barrister Tramboo advocates causes for all people without distinction of any kind. Member of the International Human Rights Association of American Minorities directorate he is IHRAAM’ s Representative at the UN Commission on Human Rights. Born Kashmiri, Barrister Tramboo has long championed the Kashmir people’s right to self-determination internationally.

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